Arnold Ridley

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Birthday
7, 1896
Birthplace
Bath, England
Death Date
Mar 12, 1984 (88)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
7, 1896
Birthplace
Bath, England
Death Date
Mar 12, 1984 (88)

About

Actor and playwright best recognized for his portrayal of Private Charles Godfrey in the late 1960s television series Dad's Army. He also authored the long-loved mystery play The Ghost Train which was first published in 1927.

Before Fame

He worked extensively in the theatre before volunteering for the British Army in the outbreak of World War I. Between the first World War and the second, he tried to establish a film company but eventually failed and rejoined the service for the war.

Trivia

In 1982, he was appointed an Order of the British Empire for his services to the theatre.

Family Life

After two failed marriage, his third and final marriage to actress Althea Parker produced a son named Nicholas. He died in 1984 after a fall at the retirement home Denville Hall. He is also recognized as the great-uncle of Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley.

Associated With

John Laurie, Ian Lavender, and James Beck all joined him in portraying Privates on the British comedy Dad's Army.